Museums • Transportation • Underground mall
For a study in contrasts between traditional Parisian life and modern, youthful attitudes of shoppers in the neighborhood's underground mall, there's no place better than Châtelet/Les Halles. Comparing the inside-out look of the Centre Pompidou to the graceful architectural wonders of the 1500s through the 1920s Art Deco buildings is a fascinating experience that's more than Instagram-worthy. And as the city's transportation hub, an average of 750,000 locals and tourists pass through daily. That's a lot of people watching.